Trump praises 'leadership' of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands govs after slamming mayor

San Juan Mayor Pushes Trump On Hurricane Response

". Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help". Trump just handed them an engraved invitation with his tweets this morning.

On Saturday, she responded to Trump's tweeted comments, saying, "It's not about politics, it's not about petty comments, it's about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives".

He added that FEMA employees have been forced to rebuild numerous most basic services in Puerto Rico, far beyond the demands that are typical in a disaster area. "I'm anxious about one thing, saving lives". "Let me clarify", she said Friday upon her arrival in San Juan.

"I'm going to communities to hand out water and food - without journalists and without photographers", he said.

However, there is still a shortage of water, and with Puerto Rico already struggling financially, the future is unclear. Getting supplies to the US territory has been a significant challenge of disaster relief, with it, of course, being an island in the Atlantic, and requiring boats or planes in order to get deliveries. It's hurricane relief. These people need help.

"General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment", the mayor commented, adding, "So who am I?"

Mayor Cruz made this impassioned plea for help - "We are dying", she told the media and the world. "A lot of people lost their homes, and they are still living in them".

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In June 2016, she spoke out against PROMESA, the United States law created under President Obama that mandated an oversight board to run Puerto Rico's finances, as it was unable to repay its debts and filed for a form of bankruptcy.

"We have done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico", Trump wrote on Sunday. Miranda fought back with, "She has been working 24/7".

Trump spent much Saturday attacking Cruz on Twitter, accusing her of "poor leadership" and of coordinating with Democrats to push "fake news" about his administration's disaster response.

The President again praised the federal government's response on the island, which is grappling with the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, saying the 10,000 federal workers there were doing a "fantastic job".

Once in office Cruz launched a million-dollar urban renewal program, renovated public parks and plazas and unionized San Juan employees as promised during her campaign.

"Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power", Bossert said in the memo, which was reported by Axios.

The Trump administration has argued that they did not waive the Jones Act because Puerto Rico's ports are still in such bad shape that even allowing more ships to dock there wouldn't change things much.

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